Celebrate 30 Years of Pretty Woman With This Extraordinary Song By Go West

Celebrate 30 Years of Pretty Woman With This Extraordinary Song By Go West

Happy late Sunday/early Monday! How are you doing? I spent the weekend about two hours north of Nagoya in a little town in Komagane, Nagano. It was really beautiful! It snowed early this morning, which made me excited as Nagoya barely got any snow in the winter.

Snowy mountain in Nagano
A beautiful view of the mountains after the snow fell in Nagano on a Sunday afternoon

Anyways, today is #SongLyricsSunday! This week’s prompt is “North/South/East/West”. While I was searching for songs that could fit the prompt, I suddenly remembered the late 80s/early 90s English pop band Go West. Then, I remembered that they wrote a song that was included in soundtrack for the 90s romantic comedy movie Pretty Woman. This isn’t the first post where I wrote about the soundtrack as I wrote about “Wild Women Do” when Natalie Cole passed away a few years ago. But, this month marks a special anniversary for the beloved movie, so I decided to write about “The King of Wishful Thinking” by Go West.

30 Years Since the Release of Pretty Woman

The romantic comedy Pretty Woman was released in the United States on March 23, 1990. Inspired from such 80s films like Wall Street and The last Details, the plot Pretty Woman bears some resemblance to the Pygmalion myth (which My Fair Lady is based on). The movie was super popular worldwide as it grossed $463,406,268, the fourth highest grossed movie of 1990. It is currently Disney’s highest-grossing R-rated movie.

“The King of Wishful Thinking” wasn’t supposed to be included in the movie’s soundtrack. A user on the site Songfacts had this to say about the background of the song: “Go West’s record label EMI was associated with the soundtrack. When executives heard the demo, they asked to use it. The song doesn’t make much sense in the context of the film, but it had a fresh sound that helped carry its scene and boost sales of the soundtrack.”[1]

I love Pretty Woman! I love the chemistry Edward and Vivian and their romantic adventure. I also the lightheartedness of the film, even though there are so dark elements presented. Vivan is such a fun-loving, determined, and quirky woman! My favorite scene is when she is shopping in Rodeo Drive.

🎵 I’ll Get Over You I know I Will 🎵

Martin Page
Martin Page

“The King of Wishful Thinking” was written by vocalist Peter Cox, guitarist Richard Drummie, and Martin Page. Cox and Drummie are members of the band Go West. Martin Page, on the other hand, is primarily a bass player but has been known to play other instruments as well. The English singer-songwriter played the keyboards for Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbuster”. He also co-wrote songs like Starship’s “We Built This City” and Heart’s “These Dreams”. Martin also worked with such artists like Earth, Wind & Fire, Robbie Williams, Josh Groban, and Barbra Streisand.

Page wrote the song with a blend of a Motown sound with Minnesota Prince sound. “There was a song by the Fine Young Cannibals at that time called “She Drives Me Crazy”,” Martin said in an interview, “It had a really attractive tempo and feel to it, so I used that a little bit as a template for building a song for them.”[1]

Cox and Drummie wrote the song’s lyrics which details positive thinking after a breakup. The lyrics details about one’s thoughts and feelings from a breakup. Even though the character is in denial and has been down and out, it knows that it can be happy once more. Everything is going to be alright, the character hopes; it is the “King of Wishful Thinking”.

What do you think of Go West’s “King of Wishful Thinking”? Does the song’s lyrics remind you of past relationships: either romantic, family, or friendship? Let me know in the comments below!

Here is American late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel and American actor Paul Rudd recreating the music video on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:


Lyrics to “King of Wishful Thinking” by Go West

I don’t need to fall at your feet
Just ’cause you cut me to the bone
And I won’t miss the way that you kiss me
We were never carved in stone
If I don’t listen to the talk of the town
Then maybe I can fool myself

I’ll get over you I know I will
I’ll pretend my ship’s not sinking
And I’ll tell myself I’m over you
‘Cause I’m the king of wishful thinking
I am the king of wishful thinking

I refuse to give in to my blues
That’s not how it’s going to be
And I deny the tears in my eyes
‘Cause I don’t want to let you see no
That you have made a hole in my heart
And now I’ve got to fool myself

I’ll get over you I know I will
I’ll pretend my ship’s not sinking
And I’ll tell myself I’m over you
‘Cause I’m the king of wishful thinking (I’ll get over you I know I will)
I’ll pretend my ship’s not sinking
And I’ll tell myself I’m over you
‘Cause I’m the king of wishful thinking (king of wishful thinking)

I will never, never shed a tear for you
I’ll get over you (I know I will)

If I don’t listen to the talk of the town
Then maybe I can fool myself

I’ll get over you I know I will
I’ll pretend my ship’s not sinking
And I’ll tell myself I’m over you
‘Cause I’m the king of wishful thinking
I’m the king of wishful thinking

I’ll get over you I know I will
You made a hole in my heart
But I won’t shed a tear for you
I’ll be the king of wishful thinking
I’ll get over you (I know I will)
I’ll pretend my heart’s still beating
‘Cause I’ve got no more tears for you
I’m the king of wishful thinking
I’ll get over you (I know I will)
You made a hole in my heart
And I’ll tell myself I’m over you
‘Cause I’m the king of wishful thinking


If you want to participate, here are the rules:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

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Celebrate 30 Years of Pretty Woman With This Extraordinary Song By Go West

References

[1] Songfacts. “King Of Wishful Thinking by Go West – Songfacts.” Song Meanings at Songfacts, www.songfacts.com/facts/go-west/king-of-wishful-thinking.

This Post Has 128 Comments

  1. Casey

    Wow, this is a classic movie and a classic song. I still remember watching this with my girl friends and we were in tears… The song was perfect for the movie and Go West was the top dog back then.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It is such a great movie! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  2. Cyndi Buchanan

    I had completely forgotten about this song. Such a great movie and great song.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  3. Serena

    Love this film! DIdn’t know Disney had anything to do with it. Well you learn something new every day!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Yes, I didn’t know that Disney had a hand in this movie but they did! Disney owns a couple of studios like Miramax and Touchstone Pictures that were geared more towards adults. The director, Gerry Marshall, went to direct The Princess Diaries for Disney.

  4. Holly

    I absolutely love the Tonight Show remakes of some of these classic 80s/90s songs. That is great!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      They are super great. Jimmy Fallon is super talented. I love his take on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. What is your favorite remake?

  5. Holly

    Yes. I absolutely love the Tonight Show remakes of some of these classic 80s/90s songs. That is great!

  6. Jessica Collazo

    Oh my God,didn’t know Disney has to do with that movie. You lern a thing or two every day. I love that movie is a cult classic

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Yes, I didn’t know that Disney had a hand in this movie but they did! Disney owns a couple of studios like Miramax and Touchstone Pictures that were geared more towards adults. The director, Gerry Marshall, went to direct The Princess Diaries for Disney.

  7. Jessica Collazo

    I love this movie is a cult classic didn’t know it was 30 years 30 years old

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It is such a great movie! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  8. Stephanie

    Wow, I didn’t realize it’s been 30 years since Pretty Woman was released! I’ve only seen it a few times and don’t particularly remember the song from the movie. But listening to it and reading the lyrics, I can say I think anyone who has been in any kind of relationship and has had their heart broken can relate in some way.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      This song was played when he driving the Lotus Esprit through L.A. during the opening credits.

  9. Neely Moldovan

    My favorite song in the entire movie! I love love love the soundtrack!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It is a great soundtrack! I would put it as a staple of 90s rom com soundtracks!

  10. Chelsea Sauve - Wandure

    Such an awesome ode to Pretty Woman! Love it. And Jimmy Fallon – what a man 🙂

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Jimmy Fallon is super talented. What is your favorite remake from him? Mine is his version of the theme song to Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

  11. Raksha

    Absolutely loved the movie. Can’t believe its 30 years now.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Me too! Time flies but this movie will be eternal.

  12. Marjie Mare

    Pretty Woman will remain one of my favorite movies. I did not even know it’s been 30 years.

    1. Neil Alvin

      Nice. I learned something new from your blog article. Thanks for sharing.

    2. aisasami
      aisasami

      Time flies but this movie will always be eternal. It feels like yesterday that it was released!

  13. Life Mag

    This is a cool kind of music for one great movie. I love it!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  14. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    I love how feel good the songs are. It’s really giving offgood vibes.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  15. Bindu Thomas

    I am hearing this song for first time. Nice and feel good song. Loved it

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  16. Fatima Torres

    I feel like Pretty Woman had one of the best soundtracks for an old-school movie. It was one of my favorites growing up.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It is a great soundtrack! I feel like it is a staple soundtrack for 90s rom coms!

  17. Luna S

    Fantastic post, this makes me want to go watch pretty woman now!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Let me know what you think about the movie!

  18. Jon Maldia

    Pretty Woman is a good movie. We enjoy watching it everytime we do. I also love the soundtrack.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It is a timeless classic! What is your favorite scene from the movie or favorite song?

  19. Fransic verso

    I haven’t watch the pretty woman but it seems interesting movie to watch. I’m glad you got to enjoy the snow there. Here it snows a lot.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      The snow was lovely! I recommend watching Pretty Woman, it is a great movie!

  20. Alexis

    I loved this movie, thank you for a fun trip down memory lane.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It is such a great movie! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  21. Chirpy Brains

    you reminded me of this cult movie. I am going to watch this tonight. Thanks for this lovely post!!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Let me know what you think about the movie!

  22. Amber Hurley

    Oh I will forever love this movie. Such a classic!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It is! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  23. Jasmine M

    I haven’t seen Pretty Woman in years. I am definitely going to have to watch it soon. I love this song!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  24. Ashley R

    I first saw this movie when I was 9 at my great grandmothers house recorded on VHS. THe edited version of course. It somehow at that age became my favorite movie and years later had a daughter and named her Vivienne.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      That is pretty cool that your daughter is named after the main character!

  25. Martin

    Love the film… Been ages since I have seen it! might try and dig it out and watch it again.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It is such a great movie! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  26. Marjie Mare

    Pretty woman is a movie that I could watch over and over. I did not even realize it’s been 30 years, The music is phenomenal.

  27. It’s my first time to learn about this movie and it looks interesting! I can’t wait to watch it!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Let me know what you think about the movie when you do!

  28. Marjie Mare

    Coming back to your post makes me listen to music again.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  29. Anshul

    I love this song. It is so catchy and perfect for road trips.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  30. Zoë

    Gosh this brings back such good memories!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It is such a great movie, right? Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  31. Kevin Akidi

    I still remember the first time I watched pretty woman. I loved that movie, can’t believe it is 30 years old now.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It is such a great movie. It is a timeless movie!

  32. Christa

    I love the movie Pretty Woman! I watched it (again!) just a few weeks ago. It has a great soundtrack

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It does! What is your favorite scene of the movie?

  33. Prakhar Kasera

    This song was the song of parties, trips etc back in those days.

  34. Nati

    Oh my! Of course “Go West” had a ton of great songs! I remember Pretty Woman movie it was one of my favourite, I can’t believe 30 years have passed already. Thank you for selecting this song, it brought back many memories.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Go West has amazing music and it was great to feature their song in Pretty Woman, which is such a timeless classic!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  35. GiGi Eats

    THIRTY YEARS?! OMFG! I feel so dang old right now!

  36. Chad

    This brings so many amazing memories, I love it…Great song, thank you so much for sharing.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  37. Rhea

    I love love love pretty woman! I’ve been dying to watch it on Broadway to see if they’ve done justice to the film 😉

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Me too! I want to see the Broadway version to see if it as good as the movie!

  38. Amber Myers

    I love this movie and I’ve always liked the song. It’s so catchy!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  39. Tara Pittman

    I still enjoy watching this movie. It is one of my favorite movies

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It is such a timeless classic! I love Julia Roberts!

  40. Marie Phillips

    As always, your knowledge of music is awesome. And I loved the songs in this post. They remind me of younger easier days. I think I will watch Pretty Woman once the kids go to bed tonight!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Let me know what you think of the movie when you do watch it!

  41. Shruti

    this song keeps ringing in my head almost all the time. Such an amazing classic

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It is a good song! Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  42. Cristina Petrini

    This film is my age and I am baffled I have seen it many times and its sountrack is legendary!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It is such a great movie! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  43. melissa major

    I just love that movie Pretty Woman! I have watched it so many times now, love the soundtrack and the music in it too

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It is such a timeless classic. I can watch it over and over and never get bored with it!

  44. Holidiaries

    Loved the movie…a classic and great song!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  45. Krysten Quiles

    Oh I love this movie but it’s been a really long time since I’ve watched it. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  46. Tina Basu

    30 years, wow! I loved Pretty Woman. The song is cute.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  47. I actually have never watched Pretty Woman! I know I must because I know how iconic it is! What a cute song!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      You should watch it, it is such a great movie!

  48. Elizabeth O

    This was an interesting read because even though I loved the movie, I didn’t pay attention to the music. Very nice to know.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  49. Vasundhra

    Pretty woman was one of its kind, kind of classic! Absolutely loved watching the movie and its music! Thanks for the throwback to simpler, sweeter times 🙂

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It is such a timeless classic! I love rewatching it because it never gets old!

  50. Tia McKinzie

    being brutally honest, this post just made me feel old! good post but its crazy to think 1990 was 30 years ago. this is a good song though!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Ahaha! Don’t feel like that! Glad you enjoyed the song though! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  51. What a beautiful photo you posted. So picturesque. I love when you post all these interesting and unique groups that I would never have known about. It’s awesome!

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  52. Cindy Ingalls

    I’m probably the only person who didn’t like the movie. I don’t remember the song but I like the lyrics.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It’s ok. Glad you like the lyrics though! ❤️

  53. tweenselmom

    I love Pretty Woman, and I’ve seen it a hundred times, and will be seeing it maybe a thousand more. It’s such a Cinderella kind of movie.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It is such a timeless classic! Love Julia Roberts!

  54. David Elliott

    I can’t believe it’s been that long since Pretty Woman. It seems wild but I know it to be true. It is a great song to remind me.

    1. aisasami
      aisasami

      It is such a timeless classic! Glad you enjoyed the song! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

  55. Kiwi

    I saw pretty woman when I was 4 years old. I cant believe this movie is 30 years old I am going to watch it what a classic!

  56. omaima

    it’s awesome, I didn’t get to watch it but Now I have too, great post !

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